Carson, Erin and Higham, Nicholas J. (2017) A New Analysis of Iterative Refinement and its Application to Accurate Solution of Ill-Conditioned Sparse Linear Systems. [MIMS Preprint]
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Abstract
Iterative refinement is a long-standing technique for improving the accuracy of a computed solution to a nonsingular linear system $Ax = b$ obtained via LU factorization. It makes use of residuals computed in extra precision, typically at twice the working precision, and existing results guarantee convergence if the matrix $A$ has condition number safely less than the reciprocal of the unit roundoff, $u$. We identify a mechanism that allows iterative refinement to produce solutions with normwise relative error of order $u$ to systems with condition numbers of order $u^{-1}$ or larger, provided that the update equation is solved with a relative error sufficiently less than $1$. A new rounding error analysis is given and its implications are analyzed. Building on the analysis, we develop a GMRES-based iterative refinement method (GMRES-IR) that makes use of the computed LU factors as preconditioners. GMRES-IR exploits the fact that even if $A$ is extremely ill conditioned the LU factors contain enough information that preconditioning can greatly reduce the condition number of $A$. Our rounding error analysis and numerical experiments show that GMRES-IR can succeed where standard refinement fails, and that it can provide accurate solutions to systems with condition numbers of order $u^{-1}$ and greater. Indeed in our experiments with such matrices---both random and from the University of Florida Sparse Matrix Collection---GMRES-IR yields a normwise relative error of order $u$ in at most $3$ steps in every case.
Item Type: | MIMS Preprint |
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Uncontrolled Keywords: | ill-conditioned matrix, linear system, iterative refinement, GMRES, sparse matrix, rounding error analysis, forward error, backward error |
Subjects: | MSC 2010, the AMS's Mathematics Subject Classification > 15 Linear and multilinear algebra; matrix theory MSC 2010, the AMS's Mathematics Subject Classification > 65 Numerical analysis |
Depositing User: | Nick Higham |
Date Deposited: | 28 Mar 2017 |
Last Modified: | 08 Nov 2017 18:18 |
URI: | http://eprints.maths.manchester.ac.uk/id/eprint/2537 |
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